90 Peaceful Poems to Find Serenity in Your Heart

In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, finding a moment of peace can be challenging.

Luckily, poetry has the power to transport us to a calmer state of mind, providing a much-needed respite from the chaos.

From inspirational verses to soothing odes to nature, there are plenty of peaceful poems to discover.

In this article, we have compiled a collection of famous, funny, short, long, rhyming, and beautiful poems on peace that will help you find serenity in your heart.

Famous Peaceful Poems

Some famous poems about peace are timeless classics that have been inspiring readers for generations. So here, we’ll explore some of the most famous peaceful poems that have stood the test of time.

1. The Things That Count

       by Clarence Urmy

Not what we have, but what we use;
Not what we see, but what we choose –
These are the things that mar or bless
The sum of human happiness.

The things near by, not things afar;
Not what we seem, but what we are –
These are things that make or break.
That give the heart its joy or ache.

Not what seems fair, but what is true;
Not what we dream, but good we do –
These are the things that shine like gems,
Like stars, in Fortune’s diadems.

Not as we take, but as we give;
Not as we pray, but as we live –
These are the things that make for peace,
Both now and after Time shall cease.

2. Quiet

       by Madison Cawein

A log-hut in the solitude,
A clapboard roof to rest beneath!
This side, the shadow-haunted wood;
That side, the sunlight-haunted heath.
At daybreak Morn shall come to me
In raiment of the white winds spun;
Slim in her rosy hand the key
That opes the gateway of the sun.
Her smile shall help my heart enough
With love to labour all the day,
And cheer the road, whose rocks are rough,
With her smooth footprints, each a ray.
At dusk a voice shall call afar,
A lone voice like the whippoorwill’s;
And, on her shimmering brow one star,
Night shall descend the western hills.
She at my door till dawn shall stand,
With gothic eyes, that, dark and deep,
Are mirrors of a mystic land,
Fantastic with the towns of sleep.

3. How Beautiful to Be Alive

       by Henry Septimus Sutton

How beautiful it is to be alive!
To wake each morn as if the Maker’s grace
Did us afresh from nothingness derive
That we might sing ‘How happy is our case!
How beautiful it is to be alive!’

To read in some good book until we feel
Love for the one who wrote it: then to kneel
Close unto Him whose love our souls will shrive
While every moment’s joy doth more reveal
How beautiful it is to be alive.

Rather to go without what might increase
Our worldly standing, than our souls deprive
Of frequent speech with God, or than to cease
To feel, through having lost our health and peace,
How beautiful it is to be alive.

Not to forget, when pain and grief draw nigh,
Into the ocean of time past to dive
For memories of God’s mercies; or to try
To bear all nobly, hoping still to cry
How beautiful it is to be alive.

Thus ever, towards Man’s height of nobleness
Striving, some new progression to contrive;
Till, just as any other friend’s, we press
Death’s hand; and, having died, feel none the less,
How beautiful it is to be alive.

4. The Divine Image

       by William Blake

To mercy, pity, peace, and love,
All pray in their distress.
And to these virtues of delight
Return their thankfulness.

For mercy, pity, peace, and love.
Is God, our Father dear;
And mercy, pity, peace, and love,
Is man, His child and care.

For Mercy has a human heart;
Pity, a human face;
And Love, the human form divine;
And Peace, the human dress.

Then every man, of every clime,
That prays in his distress,
Prays to the human form divine,-
Love, Mercy, Pity, Peace.

And all must love the human form.
In heathen, Turk, or Jew;
Where mercy, love, and pity dwell.
There God is dwelling too.

5. Looking for Peace

       by Catherine Pulsifer

I found peace in my country
And peace city wide
But what I was longing for
Is peace within my heart.

I tried many things that
I thought would bring me peace
But none of these things
Gave me a peace of heart

Then I encountered Jesus
And found a peace unlike any other
A peace that passes all understanding
A peace within my heart!

6. A Prayer for Peace

       by Anonymous

God give the nations peace,
Grant us from war release.
God give us peace.
Guide Thou the helm of State,
Still Thou the blast of hate,
Bid waves of strife abate,
God give us peace.

Touch, Lord, the human heart,
Bid hate and greed depart,
From fear release.
Let men in every land
Stretch forth the helping hand.
Brother to brother stand
Blest by Thy peace.

Send truth and righteousness
Healing the world’s distress.
Great King of Peace.
For Him Who died that we
Saved by His love may be,
From war. Oh, set us free!
God give us peace.

7. Twilight

       by Ruby Archer

Twilight enters like a spirit
With a finger on her lip:
“Done, O Toiler, be thy labor,
Lethe’s cup I bid thee sip.
“Let me cool thy brow with dreaming,
Let me glad thine heart with peace,
And from every care of daytime
Give thy being full release.
“Though I cannot thrill thy pulses
With the ardent glow of noon,
Yet I bring a tender glamour—
Evening star and crescent moon.
“Weary, lean upon me wholly—
Heavy head and burning breast.
I will give thee calm for grieving,
For thy trouble—perfect rest.”

8. Three Steps

       by Anonymous

There are only three steps leading to the place where perfect harmony lies,
yet they are hard to climb.

The first is to think kindly of one’s neighbor.
The second is to speak kindly to him.
The third is to act kindly toward him.

The reason they are hard to climb is that

We are to busily engaged in thinking well of ourselves,
Speaking well of ourselves,
And acting in a manner which we think will do ourselves the most good.

9. To Get Peace

       by Ruskin

To get peace, if you do want it,
make for yourselves nests of pleasant thoughts.

None of us yet knows,
for none of us has been taught in early youth,
what fairy palaces we may build of beautiful thoughts
proof against all adversity.

Bright fancies, satisfied memories,
noble histories, faithful sayings,
treasure-houses of precious and restful thoughts,
which care cannot disturb,
nor pain make gloomy,
nor poverty take away from us –
houses built without hands for our souls to live in.

10. Spring Quiet

       by Christina Rossetti

Gone were but the Winter,
Come were but the Spring,
I would go to a covert
Where the birds sing;
Where in the white-thorn
Singeth a thrush,
And a robin sings
In the holly-bush.
Full of fresh scents
Are the budding boughs,
Arching high over
A cool green house:
Full of sweet scents,
And whispering air
Which sayeth softly:
“We spread no snare;
“Here dwell in safety,
Here dwell alone,
With a clear stream
And a mossy stone.
“Here the sun shineth
Most shadily;
Here is heard an echo
Of the far sea,
Though far off it be.”

Funny Peaceful Poems

Laughter is the best therapy ever, they say. So now, we’ll look at some funny poems about peace that will not only help you relax but also bring a smile to your face.

1. I Want Peace

       by Arthur Vaso

I want a piece of chocolate cake
Oh and a delicious piece of cherry pie
I want a piece of that place called Fort Knox
With all those pieces I could afford a lot

I want a piece of that lady over there
In her haute couture she saunters with such flair
I want a piece of the clouds in the sky
I just want it, don’t ask me why!

I want some tiny peace of mind
To have some pieces left to be kind
Then I can give you a piece of Art
A piece I promise comes straight from the heart

2. Rest in Peace

       by Barbara Gorelick

There once was an outlaw named Bill
Who was hoping the sheriff to kill
He missed his first shot
But the sheriff did not
Now he’s the one bound for boot hill…

3. To Find Inner Peace

       by Anonymous

To find inner peace,
search deep
inside yourself.
Is there a donut there?
If not, take

4. How Does the Soul Enter Heaven

       by Paula Goldsmith

As the morning sun comes creeping up over the hill,
as the sunset colors set in the west I am at peace.
They say the body and soul are one,
I now can say~no they are two.
My body now lying here is an empty vessel,
my soul is taking one more trip.
My soul now waits,
waits at the huge white pearly gates.
I started thinking,
when can I come in and go through this gates.
What if I receive no for my answer,
then where will my soul depart to.
In the distance I see a figure coming towards me,
a book is opened and read.
I listen and listen to all the words being read,
then I hear gates open up.
My soul is happy wearing a big smile,
it is now time to see others that went before me.

5. World Peace

       by Mark Peterson

There is this thing we crave,
and call it world peace.
We fast and pray, both night and day,
hoping war will simply cease.

The odds I think are not that good
we’ll get it in my life—
too many secretive, conspiring minds
that benefit from strife.

If we had Aladdin’s lamp
the genie might assist.
I’m sure that he could get it done
with simple flick of wrist.

But if he’s asked to take control,
results could be austere;
in order to gain world peace
he’d make us disappear.

6. Street King

       by Pim Fool

Welcome, to the realm of wonder
Meaning an alley around the corner
Of a market street, where Kings and Queens
Satisfy their needs by monetary means
While they live on Eden plains
We wear fitted “Outcast” chains.

But we have King of our own
Midas, with a touch of gold
Wandering worker is what he is
And Back-Alley Kingdom is all his
We’re the people of his nation
That spreads from here to train station
Which is around twenty blocks
Soon it might reach even docks.

There are rules on streets to abide
Since our and Royalty’s world’s collide
And blend into one, so heed what I say
Because be it hard as it may
Making peace with the “gods”
May increase our odds
Of surviving in this Kingdom of Chrome
That all of us, in union, can call home.

7. I Do Love Food

       by Stanley Harris

When I was young, food was rationed.
So much of this, or that, you were allowed.
Each person had a ration book for adults and a child.
So much butter so much sugar, a few ounces of meat.
If you grew your own produce, fresh veg was a treat.
And what was put on the table, you did love to eat.

Many years have passed, and food is not rationed anymore.
The choice on the supermarket shelf, tells there is no sign of war.
Now we are leaving the EU, what will the supermarkets do?
Will the shelves be empty and bare?
Or will more British produce be for sale there.
I do love food, so hope it’s there.
British, nice with a price that’s fair.

8. Finding Peace

       by Paula Goldsmith

Peace~oh peace where do you hide,
where can you be.
Many times I have cried,
Peace I thought you were free.
In life there have been times I felt like I died,
that you totally had left me.
One day I prayed by my bedside,
I was on one knee.
I then found you by my side,
you promised never to flee.
You said you will always be my guide,
Peace you have filled me with glee.

Inspirational Peaceful Poems

Sometimes, all we need is a little inspiration to find peace within ourselves. Here, we’ll discover some inspirational poems about peace that will motivate you to look within and find your inner calm.

1. On Evening

       by Eliza and Sarah Wolcott

A stillness now pervades the busy world,
As night approaches with her mantle gray,
The cricket now begins her evening lay,
And all to peace, and quiet sleep, are lull’d.
This is the hour, if bliss is felt below,
For sweet reflection now to make complete,—
Her quiet solitude her calm retreat,—
More of herself, and less of earth to know.
The hour to contemplate the soul’s true worth,
When noise and busy care are lull’d away;
The moon comes forth behind her sable gray,
And all the stars begin to sparkle forth.
Now sweet composure calms the mind to rest,
And all is still, save where the distant bell
Dies on the ear, the watch-men cry “all’s well,”
Then quiet peace responsive fills the breast.
Here, in an hour of contemplation sweet,
The soul can sing with unmolested ease,
Of future joys, where all may find release
From this vain world, transform’d to joys complete.
This world’s a scene of varied light and shade,
Where grief and tears successive cross our way;
But there’s a rest where darkness turns to day—
Where sorrow never shall the soul invade.

2. Peace

       by Charles Francis Richardson

If sin be in the heart,
The fairest sky is foul, and sad the summer weather,
The eye no longer sees the lambs at play together,
The dull ear cannot hear the birds that sing so sweetly,
And all the joy of God’s good earth is gone completely,
If sin be in the heart.

If peace be in the heart,
The wildest winter storm is full of solemn beauty,
The midnight lightning-flash but shows the path of duty,
Each living creature tells some new and joyous story,
The very trees and stones all catch a ray of glory,
If peace be in the heart.

3. Finding Peace

       by Anonymous

She asked me “how do I find peace?”
I replied “Peace, my love,
Is happiness that is free, liberated of anything external
Peace is finding your bliss
Without any condition, situation, or person attached to it,
Peace is the tenacity to be you and feel your heart.
Peace is the sound you hear when you circle the scenery of your own soul.
Like a tree, so rooted to what is real
Like the ocean, exquisite and unending, whether people cherish it or not
Like a butterfly, unique and colourful, be it night or day.
Like the moon, full, even when not visibly so”

4. Peace

       by Henry Vaughan

My Soul, there is a country
Afar beyond the stars,
Where stands a winged sentry
All skillful in the wars;
There, above noise and danger
Sweet Peace sits, crown’d with smiles,
And One born in a manger
Commands the beauteous files.
He is thy gracious friend
And (O my Soul awake!)
Did in pure love descend,
To die here for thy sake.
If thou canst get but thither,
There grows the flow’r of peace,
The rose that cannot wither,
Thy fortress, and thy ease.
Leave then thy foolish ranges,
For none can thee secure,
But One, who never changes,
Thy God, thy life, thy cure.

5. The Peace of Wild Things

       by Wendell Berry

When despair grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting for their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

6. In Salutation to the Eternal Peace

       by Sarojini Naidu

Men say the world is full of fear and hate,
And all life’s ripening harvest-fields await
The restless sickle of relentless fate.

But I, sweet Soul, rejoice that I was born,
When from the climbing terraces of corn
I watch the golden orioles of Thy morn.

What care I for the world’s desire and pride,
Who know the silver wings that gleam and glide,
The homing pigeons of Thine eventide?

What care I for the world’s loud weariness,
Who dream in twilight granaries Thou dost bless
With delicate sheaves of mellow silences?

Say, shall I heed dull presages of doom,
Or dread the rumoured loneliness and gloom,
The mute and mythic terror of the tomb?

For my glad heart is drunk and drenched with Thee,
O inmost wind of living ecstasy!
O intimate essence of eternity!

7. Peace

       by S.C. Lourie

Go into this week
with the attitude that
your peace,
your health of mind,
and your heart
mean more than
getting everything else done.
That your smile matters,
That feeling rested matters.
That holding the hand
of your loved ones matter.
So pause lots,
function at a pace
that doesn’t pull you apart.
Honour the things that
make you feel good inside,
the things that make you feel alive.
Give time to those things this week.
Make time the gift it is,
by giving it to what really matters to you.

8. Community Peace

       by Anonymous

When there’s harmony, there is peace,
Joy on earth does increase.
For peace to grow in your community,
The first step is social unity.

We all know that healthy relations,
Are the keys to peaceful nations.
War and conflicts, we must avoid,
So that beauty of life, may be enjoyed.

We just need to open our hearts,
That’s where peace clearly starts.
It’s not that difficult to embrace and find,
With a caring and open mind.

9. War and Peace

       by Anonymous

War is awful, war is cruel,
For politicians, it’s a tool.
Sometimes views and ideas vary,
Doesn’t mean, hate we should carry.

Instead, choose peace and unity,
That focuses on community.
It will help so many lives,
Avoid tears, from countless wives.

War and peace, opposite sides,
Lessons learned, history provides.
Education is the hope,
Future struggles, need to cope.

Short Peaceful Poems

Short and impactful, these peaceful poems pack a powerful punch in just a few lines. In this section, we’ll explore some of the most beautiful and thought-provoking short poetries about peace.

1. God’s Smile

       by Anonymous

God’s smile is on the waters,
His spirit in the air,
My glad heart owns His presence,
And swells with thankful prayer.
A peace serene and holy
All Nature’s being fills,
Breathes from the fragrant lilies.
Crowns all the circling hills.
Whispers in trembling tree- tops.
Sings in my grateful breast.
Where care and grief and longing
Are hushed in trustful rest.

2. Heaven on Earth

       by Wolfgang Christoph Desslerr

What comforts, Lord, to those are given,
Who seek in Thee their home and rest!
They find on earth an opening heaven.
And in Thy peace are amply blest

Their tranquil joy no troubles banish;
Their hiding-place is safe above!
The dismal clouds of night must vanish
At dawning of Thy light of love!

3. A Prayer

       by Paul Gerhardt

Renew Thine image, Lord, in me,
Lowly and gentle may I be;
No charms but these to Thee are dear;
No anger mayst Thou ever find,
No pride in my unruffled mind,
But faith, and heaven- born peace be there

A patient, a victorious mind.
That life and all things casts behind.
Springs forth obedient to Thy call;
A heart that no desire can move,
But still to adore, believe, and love.
Give me, my Lord, my Life, my All!

4. In June

       by Matilda Hughes

A quiet hour beneath the trees;
A little, whispering, lazy breeze;
A perfect sky,
Where, now and then, an idle cloud
Strayed from its mates to wander by,
And near the border of the wood
A thrush that sang, serene and strong,
The flute notes of the perfect song
We almost understood;
Then eventide—and in the light
The mystery that preludes the night.

5. Calm Me

       by Matthew Arnold

Calm Soul of all things! make it mine
To feel, amid the city’s jar,
That there abides a peace of thine
Man did not make, and cannot mar!

The will to neither strive nor cry.
The power to feel with others give!
Calm, calm me more! nor let me die
Before I have begun to live.

6. Peace

       by Emily Dickinson

I many times thought Peace had come
When Peace was far away—
As Wrecked Men—deem they sight the Land—
At Centre of the Sea—

And struggle slacker—but to prove
As hopelessly as I—
How many the fictitious Shores—
Before the Harbor be—

7. In Me Ye Shall Have Peace

       by Anonymous

Not always seen the wisdom and the love;
And sometimes hard to be believed, when pain
Wrestles with faith, and almost overcomes;
Yet even in conflict thy sure words sustain –
“In Me ye shall have peace!”

Father, the flesh is weak; fain would I rise
Above its weakness into things unseen;
Lift Thou me up; give me the open ear
To hear the voice that speaketh from within –
“In Me ye shall have peace!”

8. Little Light

       by Anonymous

There is this little light within,
Her name is Hope,
And I know that as long as I can feel her there,
Just beneath my skin,
Sending her waves within the labyrinth of my mind,
She is snugly at peace within my heart,
And I have a chance

Long Peaceful Poems

For those who prefer a more immersive reading experience, long peaceful poems can be a great way to unwind. In this category, we’ll discover some of the most beautiful and reflective long poetries about peace.

1. True Rest

       by Lucy Fletcher

God sends sometimes a stillness in our life,
The bivouac, the sleep,
When on the silent battle-field the strife
Is hushed in slumber deep.
When wearied hearts exhausted sink to rest,
Remembering nor the struggle nor the quest.

We know such hours, when the dim dewy night
Bids day’s hot turmoil cease;
When star by star steals noiselessly in sight,
With silent smiles of peace;
When we lay down our load, and half forget
The morrow comes, and we must bear it yet.

We know such hours, when after days of pain.
And nights when sleep was not,
God gives us ease and peace and calm again.
Till, all the past forgot,
We say, in rest and thankfulness most deep,
E’en so “He giveth His beloved sleep.”

When some strong chain that bound us by God’s strength
Is loosed or torn apart;
Or when, beloved and longed-for, come at length,
Some friend makes glad our heart;
We know the calm that follows on such bliss,
That looks no farther, satisfied with this.

God does not always loose the chain, nor give
The loved ones back to us;
Sometimes ‘mid strife and tumult we must live,
Learning His silence thus:
There is a rest for those who bear His will,
A peacefulness than freedom sweeter still.

He giveth rest more perfect, pure, and true,
While we His burthen bear;
It springeth not from parted pain, but through
The accepted blessing there;
The lesson pondered o’er with thoughtful eyes,
The faith that sees in all a meaning wise.

Deep in the heart of pain God’s hand hath set
A hidden rest and bliss;
Take as His gift the pain, the gift brings yet
A truer happiness;
God’s voice speaks, through it all, the high behest
That bids His people enter into rest.

2. The Old Mill by the River

       by Isaac McLellan

Here in the years when life was bright
With dewy mornings and sunset light,
In the pleasant season of leafy June,
In each idle, holiday afternoon
I lov’d to wander with willow wand—
I lov’d on the river border to stand
And take the trout or the yellow bream
That leap’d, that glanc’d athwart the stream.
With broken window, with hingeless door,
Thro’ which the slanting sunbeams pour;
With leaning gable, and settling wall,
O’er which the draperied ivies fall;
With rafter moldy, worm-eaten beam,
O’er which the silken cobwebs stream,
Fast by the river-banks serene
The old forsaken mill is seen.
Its roof shows many a chasm and rent,
Its creaking vane is crack’d and bent,
In and out the swallows fly
Under the eaves their dwellings lie.
The leather-wing’d bats, when day is dim,
Thro’ vacant rooms and granaries skim;
Its shingles that ages ago were new,
Splendid with painters’ lavish hue,
Are faded now and swing in the gale,
Scarce held by the loosen’d rusty nail;
The clapboards rattle and clank amain
In gusts of the snow-fall and the rain,
For the dust of many a lapsing year
Hath writ its wasteful chronicle here.
The dam o’er which the waters pour
Is settling and crumbling by the shore;
The slippery logs and mossy stone
Yield to the current one by one;
And swift thro’ many a rent abyss
The spouting rivulets foam and hiss,
And soon must the crazy fabric decay,
And the torrent sweep uncheck’d away.
The water-wheel so black and vast,
With beam like a battle-vessel’s mast
That once would churn with mighty sweep
The boiling waters so dark and deep,
Lies now a wreck in humbled pride,
Trembling with each assault of the tide.
Under the crumbling, blacken’d wheel
The crystal bubbles circle and reel;
Over and under the eddies boil
Round molder’d timber and rotting post;
In many a circling ripple they coil
In sudden plunge, in wild turmoil,
Now seen an instant, then quickly lost.

3. My Cloud

       by Kate Slaughter McKinney

There’s a cloud on my life’s horizon
wonderful shape and hue,
Like the feathery down of a snow-drift
’Tis dimpled with changeful blue.
I gaze on its shadowy outline
And drink in the calm of the skies,
Till I fancy it floats out of heaven,
As an angel in disguise.
No slumbering storm in its bosom,
No hint of the lightning’s glare,
Only a feast for the heart and soul
Is this treasure of the air;
For I know from its silvery edges,
And glimpses of hidden gold,
That a picture of rare tranquility
Its tender depths enfold.
Else whence is this mystic feeling
Of peace that’s stealing o’er me?
Like the magic of summer moonlight
Enchanting a restless sea.
O! heavenly cloud! why are you
So calm? so angelic you seem,
My spirit escapes in its longing—
I am lost in a beautiful dream.
Up, up on the wings of a swallow
Piercing the heaven’s deep blue,
O’er meadow and mount I am rising,
And floating, sweet spirit, to you;
Onward, in trance I am wafted,
Now into the cloudlet above;
And a face smiles out from its drapery,
And ah! ’tis a face that I love.

4. War and Peace

       by Sri Chinmoy

Man invents war. Man discovers peace.
He invents war from without.
He discovers peace from within.
War man throws. Peace man sows.
The smile of war is the flood of human blood.
The smile of peace is the love, below, above.

Peace is the whole truth that wishes to enrapture humanity.
War is the whole falsehood that wants to capture humanity.
Peace begins in the soul and ends in the heart.
War begins in the mind and ends in the body.

War forgets peace. Peace forgives war.
War is the death of the life human. Peace is the birth of the Life Divine.
Our vital passions want war.
Our psychic emotions desire peace.
War is clear futility in dire spear-stupidity.
Peace is flowing infinity in glowing eternity.

Man seeks war when he thinks that the world is not his.
Man invites war when he feels that he can conquer the world.
Man proclaims war when he dreams
That the world has already surrendered to him.

Man seeks peace because his earthly existence desperately needs it.
Man welcomes peace because he feels
that in peace alone is his life of achievement and fulfilment.
Man spreads peace because he wants to transcend death.

The animal in man wars against peace in the outer world,
in the world of conflicting ideas.
The divine in man wars against ignorance in the inner world,
in the world of mounting ideals.

The animal in man wants war for the sake of war,
war to devour the snoring world.
The divine in man wants peace for the sake of peace,
peace to feed the hungry world.

5. Over Thinker

       by Anonymous

I’m an over thinker,
I will chew upon my insides,
Swivel scenarios through my mind,
Become transfixed by all these question marks that trip my heart
As it crawls so wearily from behind,
I’m an over thinker,
So sensitive to suggestion,
So much feeling to store,
And yet all I want to do is breathe, hold peace,
And relax, just a little more,
I’m an over thinker,
I paint pictures in my mind,
Of all these worries that seem so distinct,
But never seem to show up in real time,
I’m an over thinker,
And it hurts to think, don’t you know?
When all I can focus on is these thoughts
Spiking darts through my bones,
I’m an over thinker,
Maybe not so simple to understand,
But I will love, care and protect you,
Just don’t stop holding my hand

6. Peace

       by Alfred Noyes

Give me the pulse of the tide again
And the slow lapse of the leaves,
The rustling gold of a field of grain
And a bird in the nested eaves;

And a fishing-smack in the old harbour
Where all was happy and young;
And an echo or two of the songs I knew
When songs could still be sung.

For I would empty my heart of all
This world’s implacable roar,
And I would turn to my home, and fall
Asleep in my home once more;

And I would forget what the cities say,
And the folly of all the wise,
And turn to my own true folk this day,
And the love in their constant eyes.

There is peace, peace, where the sea-birds wheel,
And peace in the breaking wave;
And I have a broken heart to heal,
And a broken soul to save.

7. Desiderata

       by Max Ehrmann

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
they are vexatious to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter,
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs,
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

Peaceful Poems That Rhyme

Poems about peace with rhyming words have a musical quality that can be incredibly soothing. In this category, we’ll explore some peaceful poems that use rhyme to create a sense of peace and tranquility.

1. What Is Peace?

       by R. L. Atustin

A rest wherein all discords cease
And tranquil joys with love increase;
A concord of God’s will and mine,
Where he bears rule and I resign;
Cessation of all worldly strife;
The product of a holy life.

A conscience like the cloudless sky
When to the west the sun draws nigh
And streams of golden glory cast,
Without a shadow on the past;
For all my wrongs, though like a flood,
Were swallowed up in Jesus’ blood.

O peace, sweet peace! serene and mild,
Without a single sin beguiled,
Allaying sorrows, soothing pains,
And making all the losses gains;
Sweet thy temper, calm thy voice;
Of blessings all thou art my choice.

2. Kept in Perfect Peace

       by Edward Henry Bickersteth

Peace, perfect peace, in this dark world of sin?
The voice of Jesus whispers Peace within.
Peace, perfect peace, by thronging duties pressed?
To do the will of Jesus, this is rest.

Peace, perfect peace, with sorrow surging round?
On Jesus’ bosom naught but rest is found.
Peace, perfect peace, with loved ones far away?
In Jesus’ keeping we are safe, and they.

Peace, perfect peace, our future all unknown?
Jesus we know, and he is on the throne.
Peace, perfect peace, death shadowing us and ours?
Jesus has vanquished death and all its powers.

It is enough: earth’s struggles now do cease,
And Jesus calls us to heaven’s perfect peace.

3. Peace

       by Ellen Fields

The peace men seek can never come through hate,
Or any force that threatens to destroy;
The armor made of love alone is great
Enough to shield the true from all alloy;
And so until within our realm of thought
There is no place for malice, strife and greed,
A victory by force will count for nought.
Until each finds an individual need
For nobler thinking we can never ban
The thoughts of tyranny and lust and pelf,
Peace will be temporary until man
Has learned to love his neighbor as himself.

4. A Quaker Maid

       by James B. Kenyon

She sits beneath the trellised vine
Beside the open door;
Warm arabesques of sunlight shine
Along the checkered floor.
Her busy needles wink and glance
As still her task she plies;
By bordered walks the midges dance;
Above, the swallow flies.
Her face is calm; her eyes are meek;
About her smooth young throat,
And lightly blown o’er either cheek,
The silken tendrils float.
Beneath the snow-white kerchief spread
Across her placid breast,
Unvexed by change or darkling dread,
Her spirit lies at rest.
Peace is her world; no thought of ill,
Nor breath of sordid strife,
E’er taints the pure desires that fill
Her cool hushed round of life.
Afar the city roars; there sweeps
The long white way that gleams
For other feet; she sits and keeps
Alone her quiet dreams.

5. A Picture

       by William Osborn Stoddard

Saturday night: the sun is going down;
The purple light glows on the river’s breast,
Far in the east the dull clouds watch and frown,
Jealous of all the glory in the west;
The listless trees lean out along the shore
To watch their shadows lengthen down the tide;
And, far above us, slowly floating o’er,
The weary birds on homeward pinions glide.
The steamer, on the sand-bar fast asleep,
Tired with the week’s long labor, heavily lies;
Longer and longer still the shadows creep,
And evening mists from out the distance rise.
All things in peace and patience seem to wait,
As if in faith that, when the morning came,
The sun would once more light his golden gate
With all the glory of his entering flame.

6. Peace

       by Georgia Douglas Johnson

I rest me deep within the wood,
Drawn by its silent call,
Far from the throbbing crowd of men
On nature’s breast I fall.
My couch is sweet with blossoms fair,
A bed of fragrant dreams,
And soft upon my ear there falls
The lullaby of streams.
The tumult of my heart is stilled,
Within this sheltered spot,
Deep in the bosom of the wood,
Forgetting, and—forgot!

7. Silent Hours

       by Ed Blair

When I am silent let me rest alone,
Oh! shut the door twixt me and anxious care;
For these are hours that I wish for my own—
The hours of rest that mend the daily wear.
When I am silent do not come to me
And ask with anxious look if I am well,
I’m only striving for an hour that’s free—
In one hour of forgetfulness to dwell.
Then let me lie beneath a forest tree,
Or out where rolling prairies stretch away;
Where gentle breezes whisper there to me,
And sing their sweet rest songs the livelong day.
For sad the soul when Nature cannot come
Into its “deep recesses” for awhile;
And drive away all care, and start the hum
Of music in the heart, and leave a smile.

8. The Mill in the Forest

       by Douglas Malloch

While twittering songsters yet announce the morn
And all the wood is wondrous calm and still,
Upon the zephyr tremulous is borne
The waking rumble of the forest mill.
The great wheel moves; the foaming waters pour
On waiting sands in crystal melody;
The saw’s high treble and the pulley’s roar
Are mingled in a song of industry.
Now through the day the busy millwheel turns;
And through the day the saw untiring sings,
Nor rests till red and gold the sunset burns
And blaze and gilt on all the landscape flings.
But, as the orb of day slips down the west,
The waters turn to other ways more still;
The weary wheel at last subsides to rest
And peace comes down upon the silent mill.
A yellow moon arises o’er the trees,
The little stars, with eyes half-timid, peep;
Night brings her black and somber tapestries
And wraps the forest and the mill in sleep.

9. The Lake Isle of Innisfree

       by William Butler Yeats

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made:
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honeybee,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.
And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
There midnight’s all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet’s wings.
I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,
I hear it in the deep heart’s core.

Peaceful Poems for Children

Children are natural explorers, and poetry can be a great way to introduce them to the world of words. Here, we’ll look at some peaceful poems for kids that are perfect for children of all ages.

1. Peace by Kids

       by Anonymous

Peace will make the world free,
Open our eyes, and help us see.
Wars and conflicts make people sad,
Hurting others is really bad.

Many kids live, through an awful war,
Their family ends up very poor.
During war, they often lose,
Sometimes even, their own shoes.

Let’s speak up, tell a friend,
All these wars, need to end.
Peace begins when we care,
Let’s make this world, truly fair.

2. Peace

       by Sri Chinmoy

Peace we achieve
when we do not expect
from the world.
But only give, give, and give
what we have and
what we are.

3. A World Where

       by Anjali Sinha

Where the vision feels no fear,
The breath is no more nervous,
The hands are no more bound,
And stretch high to touch the sky.
Where the heart is free to love,
Where the mind is free to imagine,
Where the feet are no more bound,
And can walk on the right path.
Where the ears need not strain anymore
To hear a caring word from a friend,
Where the lips are no more quiet,
And are free to express the thoughts of the soul.
Where people feel no fear,
To lend a helping hand,
To a neighbour in distress.
Where every laughter comes from heart
And every tear, of happiness.
Where trust prevails in every heart
And every reason of gratitude be justified.
Where feelings know no boundaries,
Where billions of hearts beat together,
In the dawn of peace and joy,
Oh lord, let this world awake.

4. Peace is Kind

       by Anonymous

Since the day of your birth,
We have hoped for peace on earth.
You can help, by doing your part,
We know you can, because you’re smart.

For peace to happen, we cannot fight,
Help each other, and be polite.
When there’s a problem, let’s just talk,
Sometimes peace just needs a walk.

All you need to spread the word,
Get some help from your dog or bird.
Peace is something you will find,
Start with yourself, and be very kind.

5. Love and Peace

       by Anonymous

Without love the world would cease,
There could never be lasting peace.
For love on earth, we must be grateful,
We must stop being hateful.

Love involves being kind,
Keeping joy and peace in mind.
Whenever, it’s a challenging climb,
Love and peace, need some time.

For, love and peace, must unite,
If we hope, to win this fight.
Each of us, love must send,
For peace to prosper, and war to end.

6. Poppies for Remembrance

       by Maim Mdrew

Scarlet poppies can flutter
like fragile butterflies
in the dry yellow corn
of summer.

And they can dance
like graceful ballerinas
awing the feathery stalks
of barley.

Red poppies can glow
like bright little lamps
on our warm winter coats
in November.

And they can whisper,
like long-lost voices
from the forgotten fields
of Flanders.

7. Peace on Earth

       by Anonymous

Peace on earth will surely grow,
When there’s love, that we all know.
If beautiful love is freely shared,
Nothing – there to be scared.

Peace on earth will surely grow,
If love like water; simply flow.
We should give instead of take,
Peace is ours to break or make.

Peace on earth will surely grow,
Might be tough, might be slow.
But with love, close and near,
There is nothing, we should fear.

8. Pursuit of Peace

       by Michelle Musomba

I travelled the world
And the seven seas
Only to realize the peace l desired
Was hidden within me
It lay in the purity of my heart
And the energy of this soul
All along l had a storm
Brewing within me
And with its calming
Came the peace
I’d always wanted

Beautiful Peaceful Poems

There is something truly magical about a beautiful peaceful poem that speaks to the soul. In this portion, we’ll explore some of the most beautiful peaceful poems that will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.

1. Peace and Good-Night

       by Frank Hayward Severance

Peace and good-night, dear heart!
The drowsy night wind falls and swells
Like benisons from spirit bells,
And low to nodding nature tells
Peace and good-night!

Peace on thine eyelids, peace!
Though waking brings thee sighs and tears,
Still hold thy hopes and sing at fears,
For sighs and songs make up the years.
Peace and good-night!

Peace in thy bosom, peace!
May life both smiles and tears bestow,
As summer lights and shadows go,
For happiest hearts can either know.
Peace and good-night!

2. Peace Is

       by Anonymous

Peace is something we all seek,
When we lack it, we feel weak.
Since it’s rooted deep inside,
With our peace, we’re closely tied.

Peace is something you can’t buy,
You won’t catch it from the sky.
Something about it is truly sublime,
It does not follow distance nor time.

Peace is something we mutually share,
For it is just, and always fair.
When we find it, peace is sweet,
It shall make our life complete.

3. Through Peace to Light

       by Adelaide A. Procter

I do not ask, O Lord, that life may be
A pleasant road;
I do not ask that thou wouldst take from me
Aught of its load;

I do not ask that flowers should always spring
Beneath my feet;
I know too well the poison and the sting
Of things too sweet.

For one thing only, Lord, dear Lord, I plead:
Lead me aright
Though strength should falter and though heart
Should bleed
Through peace to light.

I do not ask, O Lord, that thou shouldst shed
Full radiance here;
Give but a ray of peace, that I may tread
Without a fear.

I do not ask my cross to understand,
My way to see;
Better in darkness just to feel thy hand,
And follow thee.

Joy is like restless day, but peace divine
Like quiet night;
Lead me, O Lord — till perfect day shall shine
Through peace to light.

4. Inner Peace

       by Anonymous

Inner peace; wish to attain,
Peace of mind, one shall gain.
Spiritually and Mentally,
Won’t be achieved accidentally.

Conscious enlightenment, ultimate goal,
Living life to the fullest; being whole.
Knowledge shall help one understand,
That inner peace is truly grand.

The beauty of it, is the lack of stress,
Bliss and happiness, shall possess.
One must know, oneself quite well,
To attain a healthy, internal shell.

5. The Song of the Wind in the Cloud

       by Ellen Rolfe Veblen

Rock, rock, my hollow boat!
Sleepy, sighing, swinging boat!
Woven from the spray of ocean,
Swan or seamaid taught thee motion!
Wistfully earth’s children muse
On thy blithe and wayward cruise,
All too far remote!
Float, float, my cradle cloud!
Moonlit goes my pearly cloud;
Tossing in the silvery spaces,
Drifting in the dusky places,
Smiling earth-children see
How the night enchanteth thee
For thy voyage proud.
Sail, sail, my chiming shell!
Murmuring flies my curving shell,
Followed by the laughing star eyes —
Haste! my cavern home afar lies!
Dreamily earth-children trace
‘Mong the stars thine airy pace,
Shiver by thy spell.

6. Peace Brings

       by Anonymous

Peace brings freedom that we crave,
From great stress, it shall save.
One main thing, it does assure,
We’ll feel at ease and secure.

Peace brings friendliness and joy,
It is sacred, not a toy.
Rooted deeply in respect,
Justice something, must protect.

Peace brings us tranquility,
Along with much needed – stability.
Sense of quiet, and goodwill,
Peace is serene and very still.

7. Soul of Love, Soul of Peace

       by Sabahat Batool

Soul of love and soul of peace
Somewhere on heavens interwine
With grief, on earth their lips were freeze
In heart of sky they breathe and shine
They gaze on thy scars? They may be!
They smile but not for thee and me

On Earth love falls on thorns and bleeds
And dove of Peace in blood doth float
O mournful eyes which icy weeds?
Which tears of blood are in thy boat?
O souls of love and peace for Thine!
I vow to give these breathes of mine

My mortal friends wherest thou go?
Thou needles of the clock of life?
O harken! Harken! Come and row
My sinking sinking Arc of life!

In thousand rhymes in thousand ways
I called and called these souls of thine
O come from yonder sky with fays!
My heart will breath with breathes of Thine

Love sang on harp, on palm peace perched
The tunes of both there intertwined
In awe and magic, I them searched
All anthems float on gusts of wind

On heavens urn, love painted hue
In morning they will come with dew
This mortal world is made for us
But not for it are me and you

Peaceful Poems about Nature

Nature has a way of calming the mind and soothing the soul. In this portion, we’ll discover some of the most beautiful and reflective poems about nature and peace in the natural world.

1. Nature’s Peace

       by Ritika Deborah George

Everywhere is peace
That keeps me at ease
Take time, hear and stare
You will feel peace everywhere

Sound of the flowing river
Quenching the thirsty traveler
Melodious bird chirping aboard
The highest song for almighty lord

Sound of breeze
Humming of bees
Blooming flowers that plants bear
I find peace everywhere

Every droplet of rain
Wrenching my pain
Rainbow colors painting the sky
Like homage to clouds that die

Squashing sea waves
As the tides pace
Squawking sea gulls
Breaking hard fruit hulls

Peace in the silent moon
Like sugar in pie one teaspoon
Adding sweet colors and light
When I enter the dark night

Stand still admire nature
There is peace in every creature
From small to big, narrow to wide
I can see peace worldwide.

2. The Scents of Nature

       by Aniruddha Pathak

If nature’s scents evoke sense of romance,
As Jasmines remind one of joyful times,
Sense of peace, lavender’s placid fragrance,
Or enigmatic scents of lemons-limes,
Those that treat stress, those that enliven all,
Those that work hard to make one nigh alert,
Peppermint sharpens memories made dull,
If one has that deciphering rare art.

And then the most unique: the scent of rain,
One that comes close— that of one’s hearth and home,
And if one puts them all together, then
The scent that be of Nature under dome.
Yet, day’s not far, fains, all of this might fail
Under pollution’s all-pervading smell.

3. Day

       by Vidhya Gosar

Daisy morning, birds chirping,
Beautiful sunsets, dreamy night,
How fast the day spent by looking
At these beautiful sights.

Magical time and wonderful moments,
Take away the worries of the day,
Yet new challenges and surprises come to momentum,
By belief in the nature and time,
Grief is taken away.

As the sun shines in the east
To take rest in the west,
A productive day sparkles the night,
And midnight coming soon on its way,
sleep and wake up bright!!!!

4. View from my Window

       by Jay Narain

Under the blue sky,
The mountain peak is reminiscing quietly,
Volcanoes from past slumbering quietly,
Sometime awakened, sends tremors all around rapidly.

On the mountain peak, no one lives,
No church, temple or huge mansion exists,
Birds and animals live there freely, trees and forest exist,
Sometimes deer and fauna come to drink the water in the flowing creek.

Behind the houses, greenbelt exists,
Big trees make me feel so little,
The tree leaves dance in mild winds,
Heart feels peace and tranquility looking at this scene.

The willow tree looks beautiful in my garden,
Blue jays nest there, don’t know where hummingbirds live,
Roses, jasmine, petunias adorn my garden,
I spend my days looking at this charming scenario.

5. Peace

       by Bessie Rayner Parkes

THE steadfast coursing of the stars,
The waves that ripple to the shore,
The vigorous trees which year by year
Spread upwards more and more;

The jewel forming in the mine,
The snow that falls so soft and light,
The rising and the setting sun,
The growing glooms of night;

All natural things both live and move
In natural peace that is their own;
Only in our disordered life
Almost is she unknown.

She is not rest, nor sleep, nor death;
Order and motion ever stand
To carry out her firm behests
As guards at her right hand.

And something of her living force
Fashions the lips when Christians say
To Him Whose strength sustains the world,
“Give us Thy Peace, we pray!”

6. Strawberry Moon

       by Stewart Watkins

Big fruit in the sky
Beautifully hanging high
Harvest drawing nigh
Deep passions coming alive
Reaping all the benefits

7. Whispers of the Forest

       by Adeeso Adeyemi

In whispers of the forest, secrets untold,
Nature’s mysteries, a tale to unfold.
Beneath the canopies, where shadows dance,
A symphony of life, in nature’s trance.

The ancient trees stand tall and proud,
Their leafy crowns like a verdant shroud.
Whispers rustle through the emerald maze,
Unveiling wonders in the sun’s golden rays.

Listen closely, hear the babbling brook,
Its laughter echoing, as if from a book.
Crystal waters meander through the land,
Carving paths in earth’s eternal hand.

Creatures of enchantment roam with grace,
Through mossy carpets and fern’s embrace.
Majestic deer tiptoe through dappled light,
Their gentle presence, a soothing sight.

The owls hoot in wisdom, wise and old,
Guiding lost souls to the secrets they hold.
Their eyes, like lanterns in the night,
Illuminate the stars with a celestial might.

But hark! What’s that rustle in the thicket?
A fleeting glimpse of a fawn, agile and quick.
Nature’s riddles keep us yearning for more,
An eternal quest, forever in awe.

The whispers of the forest, a mystical choir,
A sanctuary where spirits never tire.
In nature’s embrace, we find solace and peace,
As its mysteries and wonders will never cease.

So let us wander, with open hearts and eyes,
Through hidden paths where magic lies.
For in the whispers of the forest, we’ll find,
Nature’s timeless beauty, forever entwined.

8. Ruler’s Blessing

       by Shayniah Huntley

The trees grew for air
The sun rose for light
The stars guide the night
For her blessing is fire

For her rivers provided waters
Her darkness provided light
Her voice provided insight
For her blessing is Ice

The land made them settle
The gold made them greedy
Their minds turned to war
For her blessing is metal

Our hearts started to loathe
What we thought was a pristine dove
Had corrupted us with hate
And turned into a toxic love
For we sought her official blessing
But they’re judgment of you and me
We opened our eyes to nature
Her official blessing was never-ending peace

Peaceful Poems about Death

Death is a natural part of life, and poetry can help us come to terms with this inevitable fact. In this category, we’ll explore some peaceful poems about death that offer comfort and solace.

1. Peace My Heart

       by Rabindranath Tagore

Peace, my heart, let the time for the parting be sweet.
Let it not be a death but completeness.
Let love melt into memory and pain into songs.
Let the flight through the sky end in the folding of the wings over the nest.
Let the last touch of your hands be gentle like the flower of the night.
Stand still, O Beautiful End, for a moment, and say your last words in silence.
I bow to you and hold up my lamp to light your way.

2. Against Dying

       by Kaveh Akbar

If the body is just a parable
about the body if breath
is a leash to hold the mind
then staying alive should be
easier than it is most sick
things become dead things
at twenty-four my liver was
already covered in fatty
rot my mother filled a tiny
coffin with picture frames
I spent the year drinking
from test tubes weeping
wherever I went somehow
it happened wellness crept
into me like a roach nibbling
through an eardrum for
a time the half minutes
of fire in my brainstem
made me want to pull out
my spine but even those
have become bearable so
how shall I live now
in the unexpected present
I spent so long in a lover’s
quarrel with my flesh
the peace seems over-
cautious too-polite I say
stop being cold or make
that blue bluer and it does
we speak to each other
in this code where every word
means obey I sit under
a poplar tree with a thermos
of chamomile feeling
useless as an oath against
dying I put a sugar cube
on my tongue and
swallow it like a pill.

3. Seasons of Grief

       by Belinda Stotler

Shall I wither and fall like an autumn leaf,
From this deep sorrow – from this painful grief?
How can I go on or find a way to be strong?
Will I ever again enjoy life’s sweet song?

Sometimes a warm memory sheds light in the dark
And eases the pain like the song of a Meadow Lark.
Then it flits away on silent wings and I’m alone;
Hungering for more of the light it had shone.

Shall grief’s bitter cold sadness consume me,
Like a winter storm on the vast angry sea?
How can I fill the void and deep desperate need
To replant my heart with hope’s lovely seed?

Then I look at a photo of your playful smiling face
And for a moment I escape to a serene happy place;
Remembering the laughter and all you would do,
Cherishing the honest, caring, loving spirit of you.

Shall spring’s cheerful flowers bring life anew
And allow me to forget the agony of missing you?
Will spring’s burst of new life bring fresh hope
And teach my grieving soul how to cope?

Sometimes I’ll read a treasured card you had given me
And each word’s special meaning makes me see,
The precious gift of love I was fortunate to receive,
And I realize you’d never want to see me grieve.

Shall summer’s warm brilliant sun bring new light,
And free my anguished mind of its terrible plight?
Will its gentle breezes chase grief’s dark clouds away,
And show me a clear path towards a better day?

When I visit the grave where you lie in eternal peace,
I know that death and heaven brought you release;
I try to envision your joy on that shore across the sea,
And, until I join you, that’ll have to be enough for me.

For all the remaining seasons of my life on earth,
There’ll be days I’ll miss your merriment and mirth,
And sometimes I’ll sadly long for all the yesterdays;
Missing our chats and your gentle understanding ways.

Yet, the lessons of kindness and love you taught me,
And the good things in life you’ve helped me to see;
Linger as lasting gifts that comfort and will sustain,
Until I journey to that peaceful shore and see you again.

4. Death and Life

       by Robert William Service

’Twas in the grave-yard’s gruesome gloom
That May and I were mated;
We sneaked inside and on a tomb
Our love was consummated.
It’s quite all right, no doubt we’ll wed,
Our sin will go unchidden,
Ah! sweeter than the nuptial bed
Are ecstasies forbidden.
And as I held my sweetheart close,
And she was softly sighing,
I could not help but think of those
In peace below us lying.
Poor folks! No disrespect we meant,
And beg you’ll be forgiving;
We hopes the dead will not resent
The rapture of the living.

And when in death I, too, shall lie,
And lost to those who love me,
I wish two sweethearts roving by
Will plight their troth above me.
Oh do not think that I will grieve
To hear the vows they’re voicing,
And if their love new life conceive,
’Tis I will be rejoicing.

5. God Saw You Getting Tired

       by Anonymous

When God saw you getting tired
And a cure was not to be
He put his arms around you
And whispered come to me
He didn’t like what you went through
And he gave you rest
His garden must be beautiful
He only takes the best
And when we saw you sleeping
So peaceful and free from pain
We wouldn’t wish you back
To suffer that again
Today we say goodbye
And as you take your final rest
That garden must be beautiful
Because you are one of the best.

6. The Soldier

       by Rupert Brooke

If I should die, think only this of me:
That there’s some corner of a foreign field
That is forever England. There shall be
In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
A dust that England bore, shaped, made aware,
Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,
A body of England’s, breathing English air,
Washed by the rivers, blest by the suns of home.
And think, this heart, all evil shed away,
A pulse in the eternal mind, no less
Gives somewhere back the thoughts of England given;
Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;
And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,
In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.

7. Because I Have Loved Life

       by Amelia Burr

Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die.
I have sent up my gladness on wings, to be lost in the blue of the sky.
I have run and leaped with the rain, I have taken the wind to my breast.
My cheeks like a drowsy child to the face of the earth I have pressed.
Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die.

I have kissed young love on the lips, I have heard his song to the end,
I have struck my hand like a seal in the loyal hand of a friend.
I have known the peace of heaven, the comfort of work done well.
I have longed for death in the darkness and risen alive out of hell.
Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die.

I gave a share of my soul to the world, when and where my course is run.
I know that another shall finish the task I surely must leave undone.
I know that no flower, nor flint was in vain on the path I trod.
As one looks on a face through a window, through life I have looked on God,
Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die.

8. Requiescat

       by Oscar Wilde

Tread lightly, she is near
Under the snow,
Speak gently, she can hear
The daisies grow.

All her bright golden hair
Tarnished with rust,
She that was young and fair
Fallen to dust.

Lily-like, white as snow,
She hardly knew
She was a woman, so
Sweetly she grew.

Coffin-board, heavy stone,
Lie on her breast,
I vex my heart alone
She is at rest.

Peace, Peace, she cannot hear
Lyre or sonnet,
All my life’s buried here,
Heap earth upon it.

Peaceful Poems about Life

Life can be challenging, but poetry can help us find peace in the midst of chaos. In this portion, we’ll discover some peaceful poems about life that will inspire you to live your best life.

1. Peaceful Life

       by Jocelyn Dunbar

The strength of the mind brings an aspect of life.
Joy is the essence of the completeness of happiness.
The confidence is inside; it is within.
Action has proven when we achieve what we deserve.

A peaceful mind and a peaceful heart generate power.
To be at peace with God and to ourselves is a
Great achievement. To link in the world materially is only Temporary. The world is full of lies and full of disturbance.

Always remind ourselves that all things in the rolling universe
Is temporal. To live in peace is more enjoyable,
We view thoughts in mind with the peaceful feeling in
The heart. Love life in a simple way.

2. Goal of Life

       by Swami Vivekananda

Behold, it comes in might,
The power that is not power,
The light that is in darkness,
The shade in dazzling light.

It is joy that never spoke,
And grief unfelt, profound,
Immortal life unlived,
Eternal death unmourned.

It is not joy nor sorrow,
But that which is between,
It is not noght nor morrow,
But that which joins them in.

It is sweet rest in music;
And pause in sacred art;
The silence between speaking;
Between two fits of passion –
It is the calm of heart.

It is beauty never seen,
And love that stands alone,
It is song that lives un-sung,
And knowledge never known.

It is death between two lives,
And lull between two storms,
The void whence rose creation,
And that where it returns.

To it the tear-drop goes,
To spread the smiling form
It is the Goal of Life,
And Peace — its only home!

3. How to Live

       by Horatius Bonar

He liveth long who liveth well;
All other life is short and vain:
He liveth longest who can tell
Of living most for heavenly gain.

He liveth long who liveth well;
All else is being flung away:
He liveth longest who can tell
Of true things truly done each day.

Waste not thy being; back to Him
Who freely gave it, freely give:
Else is that being but a dream;
‘Tis but to be, and not to live.

Be what thou seemest; live thy creed;
Hold up to earth the torch divine;
Be what thou prayest to be made;
Let the great Master’s steps be thine.

Fill up each hour with what will last;
Buy up the moments as they go:
The life above, when this is past,
Is the ripe fruit of life below.

Sow truth, if thou the true wouldst reap;
Who sows the false shall reap the vain;
Erect and sound thy conscience keep;
From hollow words and deeds refrain.

Sow love, and taste its fruitage pure;
Sow peace, and reap its harvests bright;
Sow sunbeams on the rock and moor,
And find a harvest-home of light.

4. Life

       by Bernhart Paul Holst

My life is a beautiful song,
The days pass swiftly away,
The years speed so quickly along —
It seems like the dream of a day.

My youth was a charming delight,
A springtime of which poets sin;
It dawned on me, happy and bright,
But flew like a bird on the wing.

The years of maturity came.
Fraught with the chances of life;
The labors that were not in vain
Gave stimuli, fruitful and rife.

As student, as teacher, as man.
The seasons so quickly have flown;
The cycles of time swiftly ran
And taken dear friends I have known.

And soon will I turn to the west,
West, where the sun sinks from view.
To welcome the long, peaceful rest,
After bidding all earth-friends adieu.

My life is a beautiful song,
The days pass swiftly away,
The years speed so quickly along —
It seems like the dream of a day.

5. Inner Peace

       by Joshua Fraser

The wind whistles past my ears.
Closing my eyes, I lose all my fears.
The waves crash into the rocks.
Out here there is no time on my clock.

The serenity I feel here just soothes my mind.
A peaceful day so hard to find.
The breeze just calms my soul.
Helps me think about what is my life’s goal.

I then look out over the ocean,
And it feels like my life has lost its commotion.
The sun sets down over the clouds.
But the orange glow around makes me proud.

As the night draws near.
I feel like where I need to be is here.
The soothing nature this afternoon brings
Just feels like such a beautiful thing.

I sit and wonder where life will go,
But right now all I want is for time to slow.
To enjoy this moment and feel free,
To clear my mind and find some glee.

It’s days like these I truly treasure.
Amazing nights and beautiful weather.
It may not seem like much.
But it’s moments like these I want to clutch.

For once I feel like life is bliss.
So many hard days in which my happiness was missed.
I could get lost listening to the waves.
Listening to the birds and watching how the clouds behave.

I could close my eyes and fade into the night.
The tranquility I feel helps me win the fight.
As the waves keep crashing into the rocks,
I feel the happiness in my heart become unlocked.

The day is drawing to a close.
The peacefulness I feel right now I’ll only know.
Right now my mind is finally clear.
It’s time to go as the night draws near.

6. Part in Peace: Is Day Before Us?

       by Sarah Flower Adams

Praise His Name for life and light;
Are the shadows lengthening o’er us?
Bless His Care Who guards the night.

Part in peace: with deep thanksgiving,
Rendering, as we homeward tread,
Gracious service to the living,
Tranquil memory to the dead.

Part in peace: such are the praises
God our Maker loveth best;
Such the worship that upraises
Human hearts to heavenly rest.

Final Thoughts

In a world that often feels chaotic and overwhelming, finding moments of peace and tranquility is essential for our well-being.

Poetry has the power to transport us to a calmer state of mind, offering solace and inspiration when we need it most.

In this article, we’ve explored a variety of poems for peace, from funny and short to beautiful and reflective, that will help you find serenity in your heart.

We hope that you’ve found these peaceful poems as comforting and inspiring as we have.

We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below. Which peaceful poem spoke to you the most? Let us know!

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